Should we donate non-Paleo foods to the Food Bank?
Let's say you used to eat, and therefore stocked up on, a bunch of breakfast cereals. Now that you're Paleo and will not touch those things with a ten foot pole, is it ethical to donate them to the Food Bank? Or is it better to throw them in the landfill?
What about things like bags of sugar, flour, or tubs of refined vegetable oils?
asked byGary_W (2718)
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on March 10, 2011
at 09:09 PM
Speaking as someone who was on the receiving end of that mentality, my answer is not just no but hell no.
I had a bad falling-out with my little girl's dad while still pregnant with her. He decided that even though we were engaged and had a baby on the way (that he had wanted before she was conceived, incidentally), it was a great idea for him to screw around on me. Long story short, we wound up broken up and me living on my own. By then I was showing. I know the law says no one can discriminate against a pregnant woman in the matter of hiring for employment, but as every state is an employment-at-will state, let's not delude ourselves. And I'd wanted to be home with her anyway. So it was a hard road for a while.
I still heard from him, and he was great about financial support--I can't fault him for that. But at some point during my pregnancy his entire household (he had several roommates) decided to do the South Beach Diet. Guess who got their cast-off carbs.
Guess who gave birth to a child who was diagnosed at four months of age with vesicoureteral reflux which was chalked up to "heredity." I learned later that vitamin A is important in the signaling process that drives kidney development. I had had a prenatal vitamin and access to some vegetables, but they're putting pregnant women on beta carotene, not A, and fetuses can't convert BC any more than infants can.
Guess who also had a wicked, WICKED case of postpartum depression after she came along, and who ballooned up to over 200 pounds from 180 postpartum in less than six weeks.
I'd also had early swelling in my ankles during the pregnancy. Conventional wisdom says get off the protein and the salt. I already wasn't getting animal protein. I increased my B vitamin intake and tried harder to get more meat into my diet and the swelling went down.
I never donate grain carbs to food pantries. I always donate vegetables (canned is better than none) or canned meat or fish. If I had canned butter, I'd donate that too. It's on the agenda.
Proper nutrition is not a luxury. And the poor have even less margin for error than you do. They are already disadvantaged, and Medicaid--when they can qualify for it--is not the Cadillac health care that fiscal conservatives say it is. They need every little advantage they can get. Poor nutrition leads to children with developmental problems and it also leads to mental illness which makes it even harder to climb out of poverty.
Junk is junk. Do not give junk to poor people. You might as well go to the nearest project housing, single out a poor person and beat the snot out of them with a baseball bat--and they'd recover better from that than from bad food.
on March 10, 2011
at 08:46 PM
I threw away seed oils. Otherwise I donated, because bad food is better than starving.
on March 10, 2011
at 08:42 PM
It's a great idea. I gave away all of my quinoa and chickpeas. I really really really wouldn't give them vegetables oils though. No good could come of that. White flour is better than starvation, and whole wheat for that matter.